The Medical College Admissions test (MCAT) is a standardized, multiple choice exam that assesses an applicant's knowledge of scientific concepts as well as their problem solving and critical thinking skills.  Almost all U.S. and Canadian medical schools require applicants to submit an MCAT score with their application.  Scores are typically valid for three years.

The MCAT is broken into four sections of equal weight:

  • Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems
  • Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills
  • Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems
  • Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior

The best place to go for information on test content, preparation advice and scoring is the AAMC website. AAMC also offers free preparation resources and reduced registration fees for students who qualify for their Financial Assistance Program. Students are encouraged to keep their class material, notes and study guides to aid them in content review prior to the test.

The list of recommended pre-med courses posted by the PMHSC is designed to help students create an academic plan that will prepare them for the MCAT.  Pre-Med and Health Science advisors can help with course sequencing and selecting MCAT dates.  During the year leading up to the exam, students need to educate themselves about the test and commit to a structured study plan.  It can be done alone, in a group, or in a course.  The WSU PMHSC does not endorse any particular course or method, but supports students in making the best choice for themselves.  

Sample Score Report

Each section of the MCAT is scored in a range of 118 to 132 with a midpoint of 125.  The full exam scores range from 472 to 528 with a midpoint of 500.  Percentile ranks are updated annually.